THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Luke 15:1-10
Today’s parables about the lost sheep and the lost coin
teach us one important point: God is concerned about the lost
and will go all out to bring that person back. Further, there
will be great rejoicing in heaven whenever that lost person
is found and brought back.
Fine. But how wonderful it would be if there were indeed 99
righteous people who have no need of repentance and only one
sinner who needs to repent (Lk 15:7). God would still search
for that one who is lost, and the angels of God in heaven
will still rejoice over his repentance, but the fact that
only 1% would be lost and in need of repentance would be cause
for the greatest rejoicing.
Unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it is the reverse!
Of all so-called Christians in the world (over 2 billion of
them), perhaps only 1% are true Christians, in the full sense
of the word, and 99% are in need of repentance. Though all
are sinners falling short of the glory of God, the 1% may
be said to be in right relationship with God, the way God
intends it to be.
Though there are no statistics to support this (an in-depth
study or survey, if that is possible, would have to be undertaken),
let me give my own plucked-from-the-air view about the situation
of Christians today. It is as follows:
nominal and secular, many of them in serious sin. They
do not live out their professed faith.
fairly good people, but their faith is something separate
from their secular lives.
Church-goers, but still live according to their own
priorities, agenda and personal desires. They do not
know of nor live out the two greatest commandments.
good Christians, but are not actively striving for holiness,
living out discipleship, or doing evangelization. As
such, they still fall short of the fullness of what
it means to be a true Christian.
true Christians who have no need for repentance (again,
everyone is a sinner and still needs to repent, even
of venial sin). They live righteous lives.
actually is grieving among the angels of God in heaven! Even
among so-called Christians, the lost (not having found the
fullness of life in Christ) are not only 1% but are the 99%!
What does this say to us?
First, we must examine ourselves and our relationship with
Have we truly repented of sin and made a resolve to avoid
sin in any form?
we actively resist what the world offers?
Jesus the center of our lives and our Number One priority?
Are we striving to love God with our whole heart, mind,
soul and strength?
we walking the path of holiness? Are we striving to become
true and committed disciples of Jesus?
Second, we must give more of ourselves in our work of evangelization
and mission. There are so many people out there, many of them
nominal Christians, who are in danger of losing their souls
Do we have a burden in our hearts for reaching the lost?
we among those who can be counted as among the workers for
we supporting our evangelistic and missionary community
with our time, talent and finances?
Third, we must help those whom we evangelize to enter more
deeply in their relationship with God. There must be ongoing
transformation in Christ, and a living of empowered lives
in the Holy Spirit.
Are we faithful to our covenant in community, as a way of
giving mutual help and support to our brethren?
we help and encourage the weak and those struggling in their
we give fraternal correction when needed?
we peacemakers who work for unity?
we love unconditionally, unilaterally and self-sacrificially?
Let us continue our work of evangelization and mission in
the strength of God, such that we give glory to Him, and joy
to His angels in heaven.